Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 30th August
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Woman on the Edge of Time


Join us for the first of our book group meetings, we’ll be meeting once a month and discussing various staff picks, all of which will be on 15% discount in the two months preceeding the night.

In August we will be discussing Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, this book has been around for forty years, a classic feminist utopian novel which even has its own Wikipedia page. Here’s a useful review:

Free to attend and all are welcome.
Refreshments will be provided on the night.
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Next month we’ll be discussing local author Jon McGregor’s Even the Dogs (Five Leaves Book Group – Even the Dogs)

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 8th September
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and New Weird Short Story Course

AndyHDescription: Six month SF Short Story Course @ Five Leaves - Hosted by Comma Press and Andrew Hedgecock

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £180 for the full course (attendees must pay for full course – individual course units not available separately).

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period to enable you to complete writing assignments. They are on the 2nd Thursday of each month:

8th September 2016
13th October 2016
10th November 2016
8th December 2016
12th January 2017
9th February 2017

This course is about the short story in sf and fantasy. There will be an emphasis on ‘New Weird’ (also known as ‘sf Strange’) the place where sf collides with other forms of writing.

Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on some of the narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop three short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and indeed science fiction; stories produced on this course may be considered for future anthologies.

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form and a taste for strange or speculative tales.

To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work.

Whilst this course is geared towards science-fiction, fantasy and new weird – the techniques learnt will be applicable across all genres of short story.

This course will be taught by Andy Hedgecock, who has worked for many years as an editor fantastic tales and is an established writer with an impressive list of published work (see brief bio below).

What we won’t cover …

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group.

If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the Tutor

Andy Hedgecock is a Nottinghamshire-based editor, writer, researcher and trainer. He had been selling articles and reviews for over 30 years when Comma Press challenged him to turn his hand to fiction. Andy has written for Time Out, Penguin City Guides, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Third Alternative, The Breaking Windows Anthology, The Morning Star, The SpectatorShort Fiction in Theory and Practice and the academic SF Review Foundation. From 2006-2016 he was co-editor (fiction) of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running British sf magazine and 2013 winner of the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Magazine / Periodical.  He also worked with the writers Claire Massey and Carys Bray to set up and edit Paraxis, an online publication the prolific and respect sf&f author Michael Moorcock described as an endeavour to “return the human imagination to the apex of the arts”.

Payment can be made by PayPal (to by card over the phone (0115 8373097) or in the shop.

For details of the Reading list, please e-mail with ‘Short Story Course’ in the Title

For any other info feel free to ask at the above e-mail or alternatively e-mail

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 20th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Standing up for Education - Book Launch


What is education for? What should be taught? Who should control schools? How should educational progress be measured? How much testing is too much testing? Do academy schools ‘work’?

These are just a few questions at the heart of a major debate over the future of education and schools. Many of the issues in this debate are long-standing concerns that have found relevance in new circumstances. Some of the issues are new but demand an urgent and forceful answer.

Join Louise Regan, Tom Unterrainer, Nadia Whittome and Sam Keely for the launch of this new book, published by Spokesman Books with contributions from many involved with teachers’ unions.

Admission for this event is free and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 27th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Even the Dogs

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Join us for our book group, we’ll be meeting once a month and discussing various staff picks, all of which will be on 15% discount in the two months preceeding the night.

In September we’ll be discussing Even the Dogs by local author and customer Jon McGregor. This is a novel about addiction, set in a city that reads like Nottingham. Jon will join the group for the second part of the evening to continue the discussion. The Guardian review:

Free to attend and all are welcome.
Refreshments will be provided on the night.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 29th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John Clare, The Trespasser - with John Goodridge

John Clare

John Clare – the celebrated poet of the English countryside - was also witness to the enclosures and anti-trespass laws which limited his world. John Goodridge reminds us that Clare challenged the misuse of property rights and admired and learned from the nomadic Gypsies and drovers of his day who loved the land as he did.
Free Entry, refreshments provided
Please let us know you are coming on
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 6th October
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
National Poetry Day, with Ruth Fainlight, Henry Normal and Matthew Welton

StaringattheEclipseMatthew Welton takes a playful approach to language, writing ‘musical, maddening, irresistible poems’ (Guardian). The Number Poems (Carcanet) is his third collection. Matthew teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham.

Henry Normal’s Staring Directly at the Eclipse (Five Leaves) marks his return to poetry after writing and producing television shows with his company Baby Cow. He has been called ‘the Alan Bennett of poetry’ (Scotsman).

Ruth Fainlight has published twelve collections, including New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe). Her poetry is ‘sensuous and observant’ (TLS). Ruth has received a Cholmondeley Award, and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Tickets available from the Lakeside Website (Click Here)

Full Price £8
Concession £6
Restricted View £5

Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham
Wednesday, 19th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Searching for Lord Haw-Haw, with Colin Holmes

Lord Haw HawSearching for Lord Haw-Haw is the story of the political lives of William Joyce. He became notorious as a fascist, an anti-Semite and a Second World War traitor when, assuming the persona of Lord Haw-Haw, he acted as a radio propagandist for the Nazis.

This is the first attempt to place Joyce at the centre of the turbulent events through which he lived. Colin Holmes explores Joyce’s narcissisistic personality and exposes its dangerous, destructive consequences.

“What a saga my life would make!” Joyce wrote from prison just before his execution. Few would disagree with him.

Colin Holmes is an Emeritus Professor at Sheffield University.
Admission will be £3 on the night and Refreshments will be provided.
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham